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Just an apology: TMI. I just traveled across the country a few days ago staying up 40 hours and gaining 3. I didn't need really an adjustment period for time zone because I was exhausted and just passed out. The next day I felt fine. However, after that I was completely constipated for about 4 days, though no pain or urge. I first took 10mg of Ducolax, which didn't work overnight, so I took another 15mg and got a Fleet saline enema. Before I used the enema, I had diarrhea but still felt my bowels weren't empty so did the enema. The rest of the day I had severe diarrhea and generally felt like crap but thought the constipation was cured. The next day, I felt fine but only had a small, soft BM in the morning. Since, I've only had small, hard BMs that are overall relatively small, and some "normal" only w/ a laxative. I also took another 10mg of Ducolax but that hasn't kicked in yet after 8 hours. I've exercised plenty, had plenty of fluids and coffee. Why might I still be constipated?


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replied June 13th, 2015
Digestive and Bowel Disorders Answer A52557
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. Change of routine, time zone and life cycle makes these changes and alter bowel habits. Alternating diarrhea is due to excess of laxatives you used. You should prefer what you wrote in the end. That is exercise, plenty of fluids and fiber intake. 14 gram of fiber for every thousand calories is mandatory. Dont worry for this slight deranged bowel movements. Training of bowel habits and good toilet habits will fix the issue . Wait for it. Let the jet lag and melatonin settle.

I hope it helps. stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and can not be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.

Take care
Khan


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